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PS5 restocked, but in bundles to stop the scalpers

Those of you looking to get your hands on a PS5 might want to check GameStop right now. The retailer apparently has some PlayStation 5 consoles in stock, but as is usually the case with GameStop, those consoles are only available in bundles. While that makes the upfront cost of getting one of these PS5s quite a bit higher than just buying the PlayStation 5 on its own, it could ultimately make it easier to get one as long as you’re willing to pay extra.

GameStop’s bundles are usually priced fairly for what you get, so you don’t necessarily have to worry about overpaying. Obviously, it’s preferable if you actually want everything that comes in with the bundle, especially because GameStop won’t let you return any single part of the bundle without returning all of the contents of the bundle.

In any case, GameStop has three different bundles on offer today. There’s one that includes a PlayStation 5 Digital Edition, two DualSense controllers, 12 months of PlayStation Plus, a $50 PlayStation Store gift card, and a $20 GameStop gift card for $599.99. That’s the cheapest bundle GameStop has on offer today, as the other two bundles include the standard PlayStation 5 with a Blu-Ray drive.

The second bundle up for grabs includes the console, two DualSense controllers, Spider-Man Miles Morales Ultimate Edition, Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War, and a $20 GameStop gift card for $729.99. The final bundle is the biggest of the three, and it comes with the console, two DualSense controllers, Spider-Man Miles Morales Ultimate Edition, Hitman 3, The Avengers, and a $20 GameStop gift card for $759.99.

We’re currently seeing these bundles flash in and out of stock, but GameStop says that it will be periodically adding more stock, so keep an eye on these listings. Good luck to those who are trying to snag a console, and we’ll let you know when PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X are back in stock elsewhere.

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Xbox Series X|S restocked at Target, but this time there’s a twist

Target has apparently restocked the Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S, and if your efforts to secure one of these consoles have only been an exercise in frustration so far, this might be your best chance yet to get one. Target, as it’s done a few times in the past, has opened up online orders for those consoles, but the twist here is that you’ll need to order them for in-store pickup.

While this might not be as convenient as home delivery, this does make it a bit easier for regular people to secure a console for themselves. As many next-gen console sales have moved online, consumers have had to contend with bots and scalpers snatching up as much stock as they can as quickly as they can. Bots, however, can’t drive to a store and pick up a console, and with Target limiting pickups to one per person, scalpers may be disinclined to go this route as well.

For me, Target is showing the Xbox Series S in stock at the moment, while the Xbox Series X is shown as out of stock. Since these orders are for in-store pickup only, we’re guessing that what the website shows is based on geolocation, so some shoppers who are quick might be able to find the Xbox Series X in stock at a store near them.

At the very least, this could be a good chance to snag an Xbox Series S, which for months has been as equally difficult to find as its more powerful counterpart. We’ve seen things to suggest that the demand for Xbox Series S is easing a little bit, so if you want to start the next generation off with Microsoft’s $299.99 offering, it shouldn’t be too terribly difficult to secure one moving forward.

Meanwhile, the Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5 remain as hard to find as ever, and there’s been no indication of those stock problems easing. We’ll let you know when we catch wind of another restock, but for now, those in the market for an Xbox Series X or Xbox Series S should head over to Target’s website and see if there’s any stock available at nearby stores.

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Xbox Series X restocked at GameStop, but with a catch

Those of you trying to get your hands on an Xbox Series X might have some luck today at GameStop. While the console’s underpowered counterpart, the Xbox Series S, has been a little easier to find in recent days, the Xbox Series X still seems to be as hard to find as ever. That’s what makes this particular GameStop restock exciting – assuming you’re willing to put up with limited buying options.

Those looking to pick up an Xbox Series X from GameStop don’t have the option of paying for one in full. Instead, buyers will have to purchase the console through Xbox All Access, which splits up the cost of the Xbox Series X and 24 months of Xbox Game Pass Ultimate into 24 monthly payments. That comes in at $34.99 per month for two years, so if you don’t have $500 on hand to put toward an Xbox Series X right this instant, this could be a good option.

Of course, not everyone wants to pay for 24 months of Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, and there’s no denying that add-on makes this much more expensive than just buying an Xbox Series X on its own. The Xbox Series X is available through Xbox All Access with 0% APR for those who qualify, and while that’s nice, the total price you’ll pay for the entire package over 24 months is $839.76. If we assume $499.99 for the console and $14.99 per month for Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, that works out to $859.75 total, so you’re essentially saving $20 over purchasing the console and 24 months of Game Pass Ultimate separately by going the All Access route.

So, All Access is definitely worth it, assuming that you qualify for it, you pay off the full cost within 24 months, and you’ll actually get some use out of Xbox Game Pass Ultimate. Keep in mind that Ultimate includes Game Pass for both Xbox and PC (along with game streaming to Android devices) and Xbox Live Gold. Most Xbox Series X users will want to have an active Xbox Live Gold subscription, and while the necessity of Xbox Game Pass is more down to preference, it does provide a good value in terms of the games it offers.

In the end, if you’re looking for an Xbox Series X and want to have one as soon as possible, Xbox All Access could be the way to go as long as you’re okay with committing to paying it off over two years. As always, we’ll be keeping an eye out for more Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5 restocks, so stay tuned for more.

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